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FRA publishes two new reports on the rights of people with disabilities

June 10th 2012
The reports capture the experiences of exclusion and discrimination of people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems that still persist despite the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) by the EU and 20 Member States.

The two reports are:

- Choice and control: the right to independent living

- Involuntary placement and involuntary treatment of persons with mental health problems
Choice and control (Click to enlarge picture) Both FRA reports provide a basis for EU and Member States’ discussions on how to protect and fulfil the rights of people with disabilities, and can be used to support them in fulfilling their obligations under the CRPD.

The reports have been presented at an international conference on “Autonomy and inclusion” in Copenhagen on 7-8 June 2012.

Involuntary placement (Click to enlarge picture) “Much still remains to be done to realise the rights of Europe’s 80 million people with disabilities. The CRPD sets out an ambitious path to improve the situation of people with disabilities. The challenge now is to implement it,” said FRA Director, Morten Kjaerum. “FRA’s research illustrates that the fundamental rights of people with disabilities are lagging behind legal guarantees, particularly as austerity measures begin to bite. This work provides the basis for discussions of practical measures that will make a difference to their daily lives.”

You can read more information about the reports here.